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Prepare to pass your PMP® exam – 2022 online courses

Join us for our new online programs offering a mixture of 5 day long live sessions with a leading expert and practitioner, access to our self paced Project Management Tools & Techniques program for 1 year, as well as access to practice exams and other learning materials.

Introductory session 2 weeks before program start date:

PMP® Exam Preparation Course – Live Online Course

Course 2:  14th February (Intro) 28 February and 1,7,8,14 March 2022

Course 3: 13th June (Intro)  27-28 June  and 4,5, and 11 July 2022

Course 4: 14th November (Intro)  28-29 November and 5,12 and 13 December 2022

Gain your PMP®.  Enhance your career competitive advantage. Demonstrate your project management experience.

PMP®, or Project Management Professional certification, with more than 1 mil certified professionals worldwide, displays a project manager’s knowledge and extensive experience in managing projects, hence is a valuable qualification to hold across all business sectors.

This online instructor-led PMP® Prep course covers all knowledge areas and processes covered in the PMBOK Guide, and focuses on the new three project management domains of People, Processes and Business Environment.  At the same time, it provides a thorough preparation for the new PMP exam, with almost 50% of the questions referring to agile and hybrid approaches in managing projects.

This PMP course reflects all changes on the test that will be taken into effect according to PMI on the 2nd of January 2021

More info here

Intro Video: https://youtu.be/A4BZxVAWIho

Download Course Overview: PMP Exam Preparation – Open Enrolment Courses 2022

Download Registration Form: PMP Exam Prep – Registration Form

and email to:  vandamme@bmc-global.com

Come and join us for this year’s Project Management Best Practices Conference 2021 (online) 10 December

Project Management for Resilience and Recovery

This year’s Project Management Best Practices conference will provide you with a series of presentations on current project management trends and will devote a special section on how PM2 Methodology and the mindset behind it can enable and support Greek National Recovery and Resilience Agency co-funded projects.

The event is offered by Global Business Management Consultants in association with the Hellenic American Union and it is supported by PMAlliance.

This event is also under the aegis of CRES – Center of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

The conference language is Greek and English. The language of each session will be designated with GR or EN.

Gain up to 6 PDUs and 2 CPEs

9.00-9.15 – Welcoming – Dimitris Pefanis, Director of Financial & Business Content, cnn.gr / DPG Media, Moderator

Opening Remarks: Spyridon Economou, President, Center for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving. A necessity for a strong societal needs-policies-projects value chain.

9.15 – 15.00 – Theme A – PM² project management best practices and mindsets in the service of EU’s National Recovery and Resilience program.

9.15 – 9.45 – The PM² Advantage: Best practices for public organizations and international institutions (EN)
Nicos Kourounakis
, MAsc, MBA, PM², IPMA-D, PMP, PM² Alliance Founding Member and CEO

9.45 – 10.15 – Managing the RRF portfolio of projects: the case of PM(GR)
Christos Bouras, Head of IT Unit – RRFA ICT Portfolio Manager at Greek National Recovery and Resilience Agency

10.15 – 10.45 – Structural Reforms in Greece: Process and Practice (GR)
Spyros Dimitriou, Associate Partner, Business & Public Policy Consulting, EY

10.45 – 11.00 – Break

11.00 – 11.30 – Digital Transformation as an integral part of the Greek RRF: The role of PM2 in the coordination and governance of the ICT Portfolio (EN)
Marios Skiadas, Key Expert in Digital Transformation, Expertise France

11.30 – 12.00 – The participation principle as a key enabler for the effective implementation of National Recovery and Resilience Plans
Nancy Routzouni, IT Portfolio Officer at DIGIT European Commission, Researcher and Ph.D Candidate at the University of Aegean

12.00-12.30 –  The value of the PM² Methodology in supporting the management of project-based technical assistance to EU Member States via the EC’s Technical Support (TSI) Programme(EN)
Daniele Dotto, Deputy Director, Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM), European Commission

12.30-13.00 – From business justification to project implementation: mapping the alternative approaches of the RRF funded project (EN)
Dr. Ilias Katsagounos, PM², PMP, RMP, M_o_R, IT Portfolio Consultant at DG GROW (European Commission)

13.00-14.00 Break

14.00 – 15.00 – Panel Discussion: How PM2 Methodology and the mindset behind it enables and supports Greece’s National Recovery and Resilience Agency Program. (GR)

Moderator:

  • Dr. Ilias Katsagounos, PM², PMP, RMP, M_o_R, IT Portfolio Consultant at DG GROW (European Commission)

Panelists:

  • Athina Manta, Policy Officer, DG REFORM, European Commission
  • Marios Skiadas, Key Expert in Digital Transformation, Expertise France
  • Christos Bouras, Head of IT Unit – RRFA ICT Portfolio Manager at Greek National Recovery and Resilience Agency
  • Athanasios Raptis, Director, Greek National School of Public Administration

15.00-17.00 Theme B – Project Management best practices and case studies

15.00-15.30 – Experiences from the Project Management of the euCONSENT project and the value of PM2
Kostas Flokos, General Manager, UpcoMinds

15.30 – 16.00 – Ai Stratis Green Island Project – Management challenges in Pilot Projects
Vera Krouska, Project Manager, Terna Energy SA & Anna Chatzifoti, Project Manager, Terna Energy SA

16.00 – 16.15 Break

16.15 – 16.45 – Project Managers’ Value Adders in Managing Digitalization/Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (D.A.M) Projects (EN)
Gavin Oh Huan Khoon, Managing Partner, CEO, GBMC, Singapore

16.45 – 17.00 Closure

This event is targeted to project managers and middle- to senior-level executives involved in project design and implementation, as well as senior level executives who are involved in strategic development, R&D and corporate development. University faculty, students and consultants are also invited.Up to 6 PDUs can be applied towards PMI® credential retention and 2 up to 5 CPEs can be applied towards ISACA’s credential retention.

https://www.hau.gr/en-us/training/events/2021/project-management-best-practices-online-dekemvrios-2021

Autumn Newsletter 2021

iter projectWHAT DO OUR CONSULTANTS SAY ABOUT THE NEW PMP EXAMINATION?

It is testing candidates on a narrower focus than past PMP exams. The focus is clearly agile. No more theoretical questions – the exam is 100% situational. You are given a situation and you have to choose the correct action to take based on choices given. With a good training course you will be able to take the exam and succeed. Beware of trainings where the trainer just reads the slides – you will not learn much. It is a long exam – be prepared to sit 4 hours.

WHAT DO OUR CONSULTANTS SAY ABOUT THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES?

Even today, companies struggle in implementing successfully a project management method in their organizations Organizational Structures are one cause for poor implementation Worse than structures are organizational cultures that resist change – “I don’t see the problem and neither want to see it” Dedicated consultancies that support your journey without a time clock in one hand are rare to come by.

If companies do not know what they are aspiring to will be taken for a ride by consultants.

 

If you have questions on any of the above write to me: merguerian@bmc-global.com

 

GBMC – Autumn 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter – September 2021

The new Project Management Body of Knowledge – Edition 7

What is it really?   A standard, a guide or an amalgamation of various ideas captured under attention seeking headings?

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Going through the new Guide was  painful reading, I must admit.  Parts of the Guide are nicely done, while others contain a lot of “vague information”.

I found the first 60 pages of little value to a practicing project manager. Take for instance the section on navigating complexity – what does it tell me? How does it help?  Many terms throughout the Guide are already well established and researched domains in General Management – what additional value has PMI  brought here?

 

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At GBMC we recognized 30 years ago that Methods on their own are of little value, unless the organization provides support to the project management system in terms of governance and the development of a strong culture of team work and cooperation.

The PMBOK Guide addresses these concepts.  What is sadly lacking is the capturing of the “value systems” in a model that people understand without going through pain.

All GBMC Past Newsletters are available here you can also join our Newsletter email distribution if you wish through this link.

Prepare to pass your PMP® exam in 1 week

Join us for our new online programs offering a mixture of 5 day long live sessions with a leading expert and practitioner, access to our self paced Project Management Tools & Techniques program for 1 year, as well as access to practice exams and other learning materials.

Introductory session 2 weeks before program start date:

PMP® Exam Preparation Course – Live Online Course

Course 2:  14 February (Intro) 28 February and 1,7,8,14 March 2022

Course 3: 13th June (Intro)  27-28 June  and 4,5, and 11 July 2022

Course 4: 14th November (Intro)  28-29 November and 5,12 and 13 December 2022

Gain your PMP®.  Enhance your career competitive advantage. Demonstrate your project management experience.

PMP®, or Project Management Professional certification, with more than 1 mil certified professionals worldwide, displays a project manager’s knowledge and extensive experience in managing projects, hence is a valuable qualification to hold across all business sectors.

This online instructor-led PMP® Prep course covers all knowledge areas and processes covered in the PMBOK Guide, and focuses on the new three project management domains of People, Processes and Business Environment.  At the same time, it provides a thorough preparation for the new PMP exam, with almost 50% of the questions referring to agile and hybrid approaches in managing projects.

This PMP course reflects all changes on the test that will be taken into effect according to PMI on the 2nd of January 2021

More info here

Intro Video: https://youtu.be/A4BZxVAWIho

Download Course Overview: PMP Exam Preparation – Open Enrollment Courses 2022

Download Registration Form: PMP Exam Prep – Registration Form

and email to:  vandamme@bmc-global.com

Newsletter January 2021

With Recovery Comes Risk: How to Manage the Resource Challenge of the Roaring 20’s.

With the arrival of numerous vaccines, most of us recognize that the greatest damper on the global economy will soon be history. By late next year, the world should start to experience what some are calling a “the Roaring 20’s”, a reference to the economic boom of the 1920’s following the first World War. Along with freedom to socialize, shop and travel again in 2021 will come a revival in capital spending and renewed hiring in developed economies. This is welcome relief for everyone.

  • But for project managers, the economic recovery comes with an acute resource threat: key project staff will be looking for greener pastures when things improve, and our projects could quickly become short-handed. Project managers must proactively deal with this threat now.

If we invest some of ourselves in others today, we’ll reap the rewards of a stable and productive workforce in 2021. But how to do this? By reinforcing the vision and leveraging regular, transparent and personal communication to build trust and loyalty.

Reinforce the long-term vision

Acclaimed public speaker, Daniel Pink states that more than ever, people are looking for a sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose to be satisfied in their work.  During these times of working from home your team likely has more autonomy than ever.  But they also need to be reminded of the vision and purpose for your project and that you are committed to their career development and mastery of their craft.

  • This is the perfect time for you as a leader to invest in project management training to help them sharpen their skills toward achieving the project’s purpose and objectives.

Transparent and frequent project team communication.

During the first quarter of 2021, uncertainty and separation from colleagues and managers will continue to impact your team’s emotional well-being. They are likely to feel, “out of the loop” – even if they are not.  What should a good project manager do?

  • Go out of your way to brief team members by phone or video calls. This should occur at least weekly to discuss overall project progress, how each is contributing, expectations on team performance and your commitment to helping them succeed. This direct, regular conversation today is an investment in your project’s future because it makes the team feel like they belong.

Regular, personal individual team member communication

The pressures of the pandemic extend beyond the work and into your team members’ families and personal lives. Working from home blurs the line between “work life” and “personal life.”  Combined with the erosion of trust last year in political leaders and medical authorities, employees are looking more to their company’s managers for guidance and support-even with personal issues. How you help them manage these personal issues will affect how they manage their work issues.

  • As project managers, look for ways to initiate one-to-one telephone calls to check in with each member of your core team. Enquire about their emotional well-being and family issues. Empathy and support of these issues during this tough time will send the signal that you are with them for the long term. In turn, this will build personal loyalty that makes them think twice before jumping ship.

We have always advocated that the project manager is a risk manager. With the coming recovery, there is a looming resource risk to be managed. By investing in your people through reinforcement of your commitment to their success and well-being, you are mitigating that risk. You may just be saving your project from a disaster in 2021.

If you would like more information on how to build strong project teams through training and project management consulting services, please contact us at info@bmc-global.com.

 

All GBMC Past Newsletters are available here you can also join our Newsletter email distribution if you wish through this link.

Newsletter October 2020

How to Motivate Virtual Project Teams

 

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Screen fatigue! Constant disruptions! Feelings of isolation! We are bombarded by the media about the downside of working from home (WFH) or working remotely on projects. We may also have evidence from our own employees and team members about how difficult it is to stay focused and productive.

Your project management (PM) organization probably believes that it is the responsibility of the PM to motivate project team members. We at GBMC whole-heartedly concur.  In fact, we have trained hundreds of PMs on that very skill.

Now, it’s time to offer up some suggestions on how you can prepare your PMs to motivate and sustain motivation from afar.

Migrate principles of human motivation from the physical office to the virtual world. Some principles remain the same: Most non-supervisory, individual contributors are motivated by 1) Full appreciation of the work being done; 2) Feeling of “being in” on things; 3) Help with personal problems; 4) Job security. So, remind your PMs that frequent check-ins and short status meetings are great opportunities to show appreciation and give team members a sense of “being in on things” or at least, not missing out on too much. We no longer have opportunities to stop in the hall, socialize at the coffee bar or copier/printer room. Give PMs permission to coach, and perhaps counsel employees who seem to be struggling with personal problems or job anxiety. Provide your PMs with relevant details about the company’s Employee Assistance Program.  Encourage PMs to get creative about how they engage their teams – both collectively and as individuals.

Pay attention to WFH ergonomics.  By now, we all may have heard the saying that sitting is the new smoking. Give your PMs some training on how to encourage employees to optimize their WFH workstation. Empower them to remind team members to take stretch breaks and quick “mini vacations” during the work day. Make stress reduction ideas available to them. Convince your PMs that caring about team members’ well-being is motivating. 

Watch for burn out. The lament of WFH burnout is real. Workers complain of too many meetings, and if your organization is international, meetings when their time zones are out of synch. Since travel is limited, a 5-day visit to a location / site, can turn into several meetings in what might be called “the middle of the night!” Help PMs set aside connection zones and use time swapping so only one set of team members has to get up super early or stay online super late each week. Remind your PMs that it’s OK to have a meeting-free day every once in a while. 

 

  • Many say work will never be the same as it was pre-pandemic.
  • At GBMC, we don’t have a crystal ball, but we do know what works right now.
  • Take some time to help your PMs motivate their teams while they work from home. 

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Newsletter September 2020

Training PMs Virtually

What is the most frequent excuse given for NOT training your project managers (PMs) virtually? Here are a few:

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“Upskilling in turbulent times is too difficult. We’re too busy trying to stay afloat. We just don’t have the technology. We have to undertake reductions in force, so we really don’t know right now who should be trained.”

We will concede that if your organization hasn’t kept up with instructional technology, when turbulence hits, it may seem too difficult. Advancements in digital technology may be outpacing your ability to convert existing training programs to new platforms or your ability to design for the virtual world.

No matter if your organization is keeping up, or seems behind the digital curve, here are some tips for training project managers when face-to-face training is not feasible.

sept 1Use existing technology. Most organizations have some type of remote meeting technology. Find a tech savvy instructional designer and let them use some creativity to repurpose meeting technology for delivery of awareness and knowledge transfer training. Skill-building training may be difficult, unless the trainer/instructor can use video to observe a learner demonstrate the new skill. Alternatively, skills can be developed if the trainer can examine a deliverable the learner produces. Many polls and studies reveal that lack of training is a major reason for employee flight.  Show your PMs you care about keeping them up to date and are willing to invest, even though virtual training may have to start out on a shoestring budget.

Invest in instructional technology.  Upskilling your PMs is a bona fide way to improve project performance. Don’t let your PMs repeat the same mistakes on their projects because there’s nothing going on to advance their careers. Try some of these suggestions: 1) If you have a learning management system, seek out existing courses or catalogues that you can purchase and “push” to your PMs. 2) Consider using virtual reality as a training delivery mechanism. Virtual reality hardware is much more affordable and transportable these days. 3) Leverage features on existing platforms such as chat, virtual labs, screen sharing. 4) Consider using open source software to deliver training remotely. Investment can be minimal and incremental. If you don’t already have one, there’s no need to roll out an upscale, enterprise-wide technology suite. 

Leverage micro learning. Designing and developing a 5 to 7-minute mini tutorial is low effort and high return. PMs can access a relevant lesson on demand that is focused on one topic only, and available though a good search engine. For awareness training (you want the PMs to recall a few key concepts) podcasts are a good way to engage learners. Gather up a decent microphone and user-friendly recording hardware with audio editing software. Install them in a small room with some sound-proofing, add a knowledgeable expert willing to share, and you have a recipe for fast development of PM training. Be creative with the scope and scale of virtual training. 

 

We’re not recommending you interrupt what your business needs to be doing to weather turbulent times, but GBMC is suggesting that training your PMs virtually can be a modest sept2investment with a good return. You will see benefits in employee retention and satisfaction. Now, more than ever, employees need to know you value their skills and career advancement.

Our self paced online Project Management Tools and Techniques program is available now.  Please click here for more information.

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